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Robotic Process Automation Can Enhance Slow Subject Recruitment

My last blog dove into robotic process automation fixing mistakes in clinical data entry. This blog highlights enhancing slow recruitment with robotic process automation (RPA). Even the most promising clinical sites can have trouble recruiting enough eligible subjects. Pressure from upper management or the sponsor to meet recruitment targets causes stress and anxiety for study […]

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The Case For Involving Treating Physicians In Subject Recruitment

Clinical Leader recently published an article in which the author and a representative of Pfizer made some really interesting points about the role of treating physicians in clinical subject recruitment. The typical approach to recruitment is to target patients directly. On the surface, this approach may seem patient- or customer-centric, but when you look a […]

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6 Investigators Received FDA Warning Letters In 2017

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about FDA warning letters, so I thought I would take a look at the letters issued throughout the year and see if anything egregious (or at least interesting) came up. I was surprised to learn that the FDA issued letters to six separate clinical investigators, and I thought the […]

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Incoming Novartis CEO Looks To Disney For Inspiration

On September 4, 2017, Novartis announced that its current CEO, Joseph Jimenez, will step down from his role in February 2018. He will be replaced by Dr. Vasant Narasimhan, the company’s current global head of drug development and chief medical officer. The backgrounds of the two executives couldn’t be starker. Mr. Jiminez has very little […]

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How To Fix Slow Subject Recruitment At Clinical Sites

Even the most promising clinical sites can have trouble recruiting enough eligible subjects. Pressure from upper management and/or the sponsor organization to meet recruitment targets causes stress and anxiety for study managers, which in turns strains their relationships with underperforming sites. This tension can be alleviated by helping sites: Broaden their pool of potential subjects […]

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7 Ways To Fix Your Relationships With Clinical Sites

In our nearly 20 years of working with the life sciences industry, we’ve spoken with countless pharmaceutical, medical device, and contract research organizations (CROs) about their relationships with clinical sites and investigators. We’ve listened to their struggles and the things they’ve done to try to make things better, including what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ve […]

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How Merck & Facebook Are Pushing The Bounds Of Patient Recruitment

In December 2016, my colleague wrote about various technologies that can help pharmaceutical and research organizations help recruit clinical trial subjects. One of the applications Param Singh, our director of clinical operations and connected health for life sciences, highlighted is called Antidote Match: “Antidote Match, which uses natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and an army […]

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New Guide On Modernizing Clinical Trials With Digital Experiences

The industry is all a-buzz with digital engagement initiatives for patients, but let’s not forget about clinical subjects and even site personnel. They’re technology consumers, just like the rest of us, and they crave clinical trials that are simple, easy, convenient, and engaging. As an advocate for sites and subjects, Perficient just published a guide […]

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Top 5 Life Sciences Blog Posts From December 2016

Now that January is here, I thought it would be neat to look back at what our readers found most interesting last month. Below are the top five blog posts Perficient’s life sciences practice wrote in December – they’re ranked in order of popularity, with number one being the most viewed piece. How Teva Is Leveraging IBM […]

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Applying Connected Health Concepts To Subject Recruitment

In the area of subject recruitment, there are several new technologies that focus on making it easier for companies to recruit, such as reaching a wider population directly for recruitment. Initially, recruitment was handled mostly by physicians and their patients; however reaching patients directly is proving to be very fruitful. One example of a company […]

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[Next Week] Incorporating Digital Tech Into Clinical Trials

Innovative mobile technologies are continuously being introduced, and savvy life sciences organizations are taking note. Many of these technologies have the potential to drastically reduce the time and cost of clinical trials, from subject recruitment to data collection, not to mention likely create a boost in patient engagement. Examples of using digital technologies in clinical […]

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Why Isn’t Twitter Used To Recruit Patients For Clinical Trials?

  As we mentioned in our life sciences trends guide for 2016, patient recruitment is a constant challenge that needs to be confronted head-on with innovative tactics and technology. The mere fact that only 5% of cancer patients ever enroll in a trial is simply unacceptable, considering how connected we are in the digital era. 

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Trending: Creative Forms Of Subject Recruitment

  Recruiting subjects for clinical trials has been a longstanding challenge for pharmaceutical and research organizations. According to Dr. Steven Alberts, Chair of Medical Oncology with the Mayo Clinic, only 5% of cancer patients ever enroll in a trial. On top of that, only a fraction of all trials ever finish enrolling enough patients on […]

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Recruiting Clinical Trial Subjects At Point-of-Care

  Clinical trials face long delays and, in some cases, are even cancelled because too few subjects are enrolled. Sponsors and CROs have different recruitment strategies, from advertising through mainstream media (although this practice is not as widespread you’d think) to the use of mobile and digital applications. But, one of the most effective ways […]

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The Smart Way To Find Qualified Patients For Your Clinical Trials

  I’ve written a number of blog posts on the challenges of clinical trial recruitment, and that’s for good reason. According to Dr. Steven Alberts, Chair of Medical Oncology with the Mayo Clinic, only 5% of cancer patients ever enroll in a trial. On top of that, only a fraction of all trials ever complete […]

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Can Shazam’s Ex-CFO Help TrialReach Tune In To Patients?

  Keith Lovell just left Shazam, the company behind the popular app that magically tells you the artist performing the song playing in the background at Cheesecake Factory. With almost a decade as the company’s CFO, he chose to join TrialReach, a technology company focused on helping patients find the clinical trials they’re eligible for, based on […]

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